“Only entropy comes easy.” – Anton Chekhov
I must confess to going through a bit of slump at the moment, and I am finding it hard to find quiet time for myself to recharge. Part of that is due to a self discipline issue. I am currently not getting up early enough. Going to bed late. With cool mornings it is so tempting to stay snuggled in the warm sheets and drift back to sleep especially when you toss and turn half the night. Really need to break this cycle at the moment. It is really easy to slip into bad habits and I feel like I have been doing that of late. This post is about breaking that cycle. New week, new routine.
No more coffee after 12pm! I do love my coffee but if drunk too late in the day it does not love me. So back to tea and lots of herb tea at that, from lunch time on. Still coffee in the morning, (for the safety of those around me).
On a positive note, sunrise is at least at a fairly reasonable hour at the moment, roughly around 6.30, so the plan; I will get up early and go watch the sunrise at Picnic point, start the day on a high, greet the dawn, walk the dog, followed by coffee and pancakes at a new Dutch cafe in Newtown. Hopefully the first step in getting back on track with early starts.
I find I am most productive in the morning so will then try and give myself some time to journal and maybe give the blog some thought and nut out some ideas. Why do I blog? Most of my day is spent behind a computer screen. So why spend even more time behind a screen? Blogging has in the past been part of my job and pd, but it is not the case at the moment. I think I enjoy the discipline of having to write something but I must confess to being a very careless writer with a ridiculously cavalier attitude to grammar and punctuation, so I do apologize to anyone who actually reads this. The hope is, that practice, while it will never make me perfect, it might make me a bit more readable. So the discipline of the blog is something I need to nurture in order to help break these unproductive, negative cycles. Work is not intellectually demanding or rewarding a the moment so I think the blog is a bit of a substitute challenge, a counter to the entropy of the everyday at the moment.
Entropy is a good word to describe these kinds of slumps where my loss of motivation and discipline just seems to spiral in ever increasing circles of apathy. Nothing positive comes out of giving in to this, hence this post on breaking out of this cycle. Really the only way to conquer it is to institute discipline and re-direct some energy, eventually momentum builds and I can get back on top of things. Disorder may be the natural order of the universe but it plays havoc with my ability to achieve anything.
Do you suffer from these slumps, do you blog and sometimes just can’t find the motivation to punch the keys? How do you counter it? Do you sometimes hit slumps with reading, a kind of readers block? Do you procrastinate? I do. I am a master of the art of procrastination but sometimes you just have to keep putting one metaphorical foot in front of the other and drag yourself to the necessary destination, a metaphor applicable to study, writing and life in general.
“Entropy increases. Things fall apart.” – John Green Looking for Alaska